Manure-to-Energy Initiative


Manure to Energy projects in the Delmarva Peninsula. Photos courtesy of Dan McNutt. 

Project Summary

The goal of the Manure to Energy Initiative (M2E) is to develop and vet options for poultry farmers which increase their net revenue and reduce sediment and nutrient movement to local waters and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  M2E is leading 5 demonstration projects which employ different hybrid gasification technologies at farm-scale to convert poultry litter to heat and/or electrical energy.  The co-product is ash which is rich in P and K, and being examined in fertilizer compositions.  Three demonstration projects are identified in the Delmarva Peninsula, one each in DE, MD and VA. There is a project in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and one Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Three projects will produce heat: two projects will produce heat and electricity.


Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Farm Pilot Project Coordination Inc., University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, Lancaster County Conservation District, and Sustainable Chesapeake.


M2E is taking place in the Mid-Atlantic States under partnership funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and EPA,  and an USDA Conservation Innovation Grant, with matching funds from the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network  and participating farmers and technology vendors.  

 Related Documents

♦ Summary of Manure-to-Energy Initiative Interviews with Project Farmers

♦ Manure to Energy Initiative: Financing Inventory for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

♦ Program Related Investments: Financing Opportunities for Water Quality Projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

For more information, contact Jill Jefferson at, or 540.325.0151.